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Mental Health Treatment and Recovery Videos
Explore the six topics within this helpful video guide for practical information and answers about many aspects of mental health recovery, from mental health consumer advocates, caregivers, and healthcare providers.
Dr. Jacqueline FeldmanPsychiatrist
James KindlerRecovery Coordinator
Dr. David SusmanClinical Psychologist
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Dr. Jacqueline FeldmanPsychiatrist, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Originally from Iowa, Dr. Feldman has travelled through Austin, TX (graduate school); Houston, TX (medical school); and Durham, NC (residency and faculty at Duke). For the past 20 years, she has lived in Birmingham, AL, where she is a Full Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine. As a psychiatrist, she runs the UAB Community Psychiatry Program, where she follows a consumer-centered, strengths- and evidence-based practice model, trains residents and medical students, has a clinic for pregnancy-related depression, and does research on the effectiveness of recovery-oriented services for people with serious mental illness. She serves on the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) state board, and talks about the importance of reducing stigma and maximizing recovery for every person with schizophrenia.
Kelly GunningCreative Director/Operations Coordinator, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Lexington (KY)
Kelly began involvement with NAMI Lexington in 2002 after her son was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and after years of battling chronic depression herself. Kelly served as Vice President and Director of Community Development and Fundraising and then as Executive Director from 2004 through 2009. She currently serves, simultaneously, as the Creative and Operations Director of NAMI Lexington, the Consumer Relations Coordinator of the Central Triage Center at Eastern State Hospital, and the Cosponsor Representative of Participation Station, a peer-operated recovery center.
Kelly has a master's degree in community psychology and has worked in the mental health field since 1988. She was formerly a certified alcohol and drug counselor, and is currently certified as both a family-to-family trainer and teacher. Additionally, Kelly has served as a guest teacher on mental health policy, advocacy, and the recovery model at the University of Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University, and at Asbury College.
Kelly brings to NAMI Lexington a diverse understanding of mental health issues: she is a consumer, a family member of a consumer, an advocate, and a provider. Kelly often sums up her career path by stating, “I prepared my whole life for my loved one’s struggle with serious mental illness.”
James KindlerRecovery Coordinator, Person with Schizophrenia
For James Kindler, the early years of his illness were, as he says, hard and confusing, because “nobody knew what was happening to me.” Since receiving his diagnosis of schizophrenia over 30 years ago, he has found medication that helps him manage his symptoms, a job he’s passionate about, and hobbies he enjoys.
He currently works as the recovery coordinator for a nonprofit agency dedicated to supporting high-quality mental health and substance-abuse treatment. In his position, he teaches other mental health organizations how to incorporate recovery principles into their work. He says that his coworkers know about his illness and treat him the same way they treat anyone else who works there.
Kindler has always been open about having schizophrenia because he believes it's a good way to overcome the stigma attached to having a mental health condition. "I self-disclose to everyone I meet and I have a 'take me or leave me' attitude. It has been very freeing for me, but everyone must deal with the stigma in their own way.“
Dr. David SusmanClinical Psychologist, Eastern State Hospital
David T. Susman, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and is Director of the award-winning Recovery Mall program at Eastern State Hospital in Lexington, KY. He is also a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky, where he serves as Director of the Harris Psychological Services Center. He has provided recovery and rehabilitation services to adults with serious mental illness and substance-abuse issues for over 20 years. As a past president of the Kentucky Psychological Association (KPA) and a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), he has been active in advocacy initiatives to improve mental health services at the state and federal levels.